For a Handful of Feathers by Guy de la Valdene

By Guy de la Valdene

A lifelong hunter and wild-game gourmand who has traveled the globe on expeditions with world-class sportsmen, man de los angeles Valdéne bought an 800-acre farm open air Tallahassee and got down to elevate and hunt his favourite video game chook, bobwhite quail. yet de l. a. Valdéne is additionally a naturalist at center, and as he planted timber and divided fields, he chanced on that operating the farm pressured him to function as either hunter and preservationist, predator and protector. De los angeles Valdéne buildings his reflections round a yr within the lifestyles cycle of the bobwhite quail, from one generation's start via mating and the elevating in their younger. alongside the best way, he will get pulled alongside on a few facet journeys: to a masterpiece of managed burning played by way of a Vietnam veteran in a helicopter with three hundred gallons of napalm, and to his personal adventures while he improvises a few dam-raising to fill his pond. For a Handful of Feathers reconciles a keenness for searching with a deep sentiment for the wild. studying early on that whereas his paintings at the farm might awe his neighbors, he can by no means provoke nature, de los angeles Valdéne attempts, with sensitivity and endurance, to discover his, and maybe society's, position within the wildlife. "A vintage that compares good with Turgenev's A Sportsman's workstation . . . easily and wonderfully written."-The Bloomsbury evaluate; "For a Handful of Feathers is an American vintage . . . a ebook as unapologetic because it is considerate approximately blood recreation . . . . the verbal spark and speed of an outstanding novel."-Gray's carrying magazine; "A gem that may allure not just to hunters yet to all readers who love the land."-Publishers Weekly.

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A player needs to play by the rules, be a humble loser, and be a gracious winner. Players should never humiliate an opponent. They must have respect for the sanctity of the game. Lacrosse is a very spiritual game. This is what sets lacrosse apart from other sports. The game and its history are bigger than any one individual. Besides team skills that relate to a player’s personal characteristics, lacrosse requires players to develop team skills that are based on the nature of the game. Some of these lacrosse-specific team skills are described in the following sections.

Setup Place a ball on the ground directly in front of you within a short reach of your stick. Execution Get your body down by dropping your butt, flexing your knees, and getting both hands to the ball. Get your bottom hand down low enough so the butt end of the stick is almost parallel with the ground. Scoop through the ball with your stick. Step with your front foot and follow through with your back foot. Bring the stick pocket back up near your ear as you turn your shoulders. Coaching Points You must get the bottom hand through the ball; the top hand acts as a sheath to control the stick.

It’s like the 100-yard dash in track and field—you need to get a jump on your opponent. 20b). If you’re striding out when coming up to the ball, your body weight will be on your front foot. Because your body weight is leaning toward your front foot, you will usually have to chop your steps. You want to get your feet under you and get your body weight on your back foot in order to scoop. Then, in the open field, you may or may not chop your steps, depending on your relation to the ball. 20 Running tempo: (a) burst and (b) sprint to the ball.

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